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April 21st, 2017, 1:55 am

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Here we go again...

For all his brainpower, Mewtwo does NOT want to learn from his mistakes, does he?

posted by Malc Modnar on April 21st, 2017, 2:06 am


@Malc Modnar Does anyone ever want to?

At least, she managed to get him to loosen up and have a bit of a laugh. I like him calling her a "little mother hen"; her coolness under pressure is nothing short of exemplary for an 11-year-old and better than some adults, but it's pretty obvious that she's worried sick here.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on April 21st, 2017, 2:24 am


"little mother hen", well, it seems Jen is picking up another family member! We've got the grumpy older brother (Gengar), the shell-shocked younger/twin sibling (Darkrai), and now the... trying-too-hard cousin? (Mewtwo)
Yes, make Mewtwo take people with him, hopefully that will help get it into his head that he can accept help. That and it might help Gardevoir along as well.

posted by Guest_3 (Guest) on April 21st, 2017, 2:52 am


Alright, as much as it's shown that Mewtwo does things by himself too much... It has to be much faster when you're the only guy that can fly like a jet.
For him to go by himself it would take what? a few hours? maybe a day at most? Traveling with someone on foot is a significant delay.

posted by InfinitySquirrel on April 21st, 2017, 4:45 am


Good to see mew two smile again, at least he's feeling a little better

posted by wifijoe on April 21st, 2017, 7:50 am


@InfinitySquirrel Well, he carried a bunch of pokémon on his own before, Gardevoir alone wouldn't be that much of an effort

posted by Noobaraptor on April 21st, 2017, 12:20 pm


Fuck team skull! (Pmd) i forgot how their a bag of dicks!

posted by Black (Guest) on April 21st, 2017, 1:36 pm


Mewtwo, do what the doctor's companions tell him, SHUT UP! Listen to others for once, mind you I forgive you for that trollish 4chan smirk you got there and the mother hen ref.

posted by MercenaryX on April 21st, 2017, 2:06 pm


@InfinitySquirrel Well Mewtwo fly because he has psychic powers, Gardevoir has them too. Maybe can she also fly?

posted by Ditidos (Guest) on April 21st, 2017, 2:58 pm


Ok, I know this is a weird thing to nitpick, but... is it me, or do Jen's ear-curls reverse direction midway through this strip? Normally they curl in towards her head, (panel 1, etc) but on panel 4, her right (left to the viewer) ear seems to curl the wrong way.

Even weirder, her other earlobe (in the same picture) seems to curl in the same direction, instead of being mirrored as per normal.

Weirder still, if you look at the previous page, (551) in the last two panels, Jen's right ear (again, left to viewer) is oriented differently in pannels 5 and 6, even though she's basically in the same position.

Now I have this weird headcannon that Jen's right earlobe just slowly rotates, nonstop, all the time. And everyone is too embarrassed to bring it up or say anything. But it's always there. Rotating.

posted by Bwob (Guest) on April 21st, 2017, 8:23 pm


Maybe her ear-things wrap around themselves like a necklace chain so that the end point changes direction?

posted by PJSam on April 21st, 2017, 9:23 pm


I love how Mewtwo has this casual arrogance about him. He doesn't mean to belittle others (at least, most of the time), it's just that he's freaking MEWTWO and can usually handle problems by stomping them into mulch with his mind.

posted by spudwalt (Guest) on April 22nd, 2017, 1:54 am


@PJSam They could be prehensile and she doesn't even notice.

Look at the river rapids scene and how they where all over the place, then back to normal in the next pages.

posted by MercenaryX on April 22nd, 2017, 7:52 pm


Splitting up is the best plan!

posted by Nashew on April 22nd, 2017, 8:10 pm


Oh yeah, Jen's earlobes totally go limp when she's wet and exhausted. In addition to the whitewater rafting scene, see also #384-385, when she fell into the frozen lake at Mt. Freeze.

I was just surprised to see them actually swap directions. (And to see the rare "they are not curling in the same direction" shot!)

Looking back now, this isn't as rare as I thought - they change direction at least occasionally, as early as book 1. (Page 87, for example.)

Still makes me wonder though. Are these just an oversight by @sulferbunny? (Unlikely.) Are they just lose, and they spin on their own as Jen moves around? (Probably the most likely explanation.) Or do they just constantly curl and uncurl like living worm-earrings?!?!?

Inquiring readers want to know!

posted by Bwob (Guest) on April 22nd, 2017, 8:56 pm


Why flying or walking, gardevoir will just make a black hole >:D
Gardevoir has the psychokinetic power to distort the dimensions and create a small black hole

posted by Guest on April 23rd, 2017, 12:48 pm


@Guest: I wouldn't recommend that, jumping into a black hole would severely injure them, if not kill them. Black holes are not portals, they cannot be used for transportation. ... Safe transportation, at least.

posted by Guest_3 (Guest) on April 23rd, 2017, 2:13 pm


@Guest_3 (Guest): Dont forget pokemon logic. Like shroomish learning drain punch and wooper ice punch (both have no hands)

posted by Guest on April 24th, 2017, 10:56 am


Nothing worse than Pokémon logic

posted by Black (Guest) on April 24th, 2017, 4:17 pm


@Black: Iknorite? Small wonder the anime has become notorious for making little sense in light of the games. So many things, like the four-move limit and a "strict" application of type matchups just smack of game mechanics and make little sense in a more "realistic" portrayal. Example: there are quite a number of Fire-types that keep all their fire inside until it's time to use it. I'll use Vulpix as an example because I like Vulpix more than I probably should despite its lamentable hairstyle (I like evil-Umbreon's "cake frosting Trumpadour + riding sideways in a convertible" variant better than the official one) and creepy pupil-less eyes. It can breathe, absorb, and control fire, so it makes sense that it would be a fire-type - but at the same time, it keeps all its fire inside until it's time to use it and ordinarily presents nothing but fur and skin to the outside world, just like a normal fox. So why would it be any more vulnerable to water-based attacks than a normal fox, or less vulnerable to physical grass-based attacks like Vine Whip? Its inability to learn biting attacks is similarly nonsensical, as it kind of is a fox and those kind of are carnivores and predators. It certainly wouldn't have the beartrap jaw of something like a Growlithe or Poochyena, so it could be explained away in-universe as some sort of league convention, a poor fit for Vulpix's best abilities perhaps, but they still would have teeth sharp enough to sink a nasty wound; add instant cauterization and you have pain on a truly epic level. Given that the Mystery Dungeon series clearly shows that Pokemon are quite capable of thinking for themselves, you'd think many a wild (or at least wild from a human perspective) Vulpix or Ninetales would figure out Fire Fang all on their own as a desperation attack if nothing else. Of course, you could assume that if they're close enough to get their teeth on something they could just torch it easily anyway, but there may be other considerations at work, which I will happily list if asked.

Many water types, also, are not actually made of water; while their vulnerability to electricity makes sense, their resistance to fire makes less so. Many do live in or near the water, so would frequently be damp; this could help mitigate fire damage, but only if continuously replenished. You could also argue that the water inside them moderates sudden temperature changes, but that would have more of an effect on long-term and internal damage, not immediate surface-level damage. The same goes for their vulnerability to grass; while vulnerability to draining attacks could be plausibly explained by saying that there's more for the attack to drain (and plants do indeed suck water out of soil to live, but then just about everything imbibes water to live at some point), leaves and vines should do no extra to them. The list goes on.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on April 25th, 2017, 4:09 am

  late one


posted by Guest on April 26th, 2017, 4:20 am